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Do All Demons Have to Be Exorcised?

Updated on May 16, 2015

Exorcising a Demon

Anthony Hopkins, demon fighting priest (The Rite)
Anthony Hopkins, demon fighting priest (The Rite)

Be Very Careful

Christians should be very careful before engaging a demon of any sort. Although the Christian is sealed by the Holy Spirit of God, that doesn't mean the Christian can't be oppressed by a demon.

Demons Are Real

Whether you believe in them or not, demons are real, and Satan is real.

However, some churches preach heavily on casting out demons and binding demons in excess, to the point that church members are looking for a demon around every corner.

Again, demons are very real, and spiritual battles are taking place all around us - mostly unseen by the humans eyes.

So is the classic form of exorcising demons - as we see in Hollywood films today - the only way to take on demons?

The answer is: No.

If you are getting all of your information from Hollywood on how to fight demons, you may want to re-evaluate your methods. Hollywood movies are incorrect on the most aspects of Christianity.

Read more about Biblical Spiritual Warfare with demons here.

Exercising Demons is not the same as Exorcising Demons

The Demon Slayer Dagger

The Demon Slayer Dagger
The Demon Slayer Dagger

Exorcism Cases are Far and Few Between

Cases of demonic manifestation take place, but they are not as common as Hollywood would have you think. And they don't all require exorcisms.

You will see talk shows that have people on that go around casting out demons every day of the week. While I cannot say they aren't battling demons, it sounds like they are a little top-heavy on the exorcism practice.

As John Piper explains (in the video below), the practice of exorcisms is rare to take place, as the situation typically does not call for that.


John Piper on Casting Out Demons

John Piper Says Something Important

John Piper shares something very important above. He says it is more important to focus on the teaching of the Word to people so they may be prepared to battle forces of darkness. This is more important than being concerned about an exorcism. Most people do not see an actual exorcism take place in their lifetime.

He is not saying that demons are not to be taken lightly. Demons are real, and they want to destroy the lives of both Christians and non-believers alike. They want all humans dead. The best way to protect yourself is to study the Bible and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

What the Bible Says...

2 Timothy 2:24-26 says:

"And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will."

Casting Out Demons

Representation of Jesus casting out demons
Representation of Jesus casting out demons

Truth-Giver and Self-Sacrificing Lover of People

Satan is a liar, and hates all of mankind. Therefore, if you are a truth-giver and a self-sacrificing lover of all people, your "steady-state" contribution will overcome demonic oppression (and possibly possession), as opposed to the extreme cases in which exorcism is called for.

If you really want to contribute in the spiritual battle with the forces of evil, become a sacrificial teacher of the gospel, teaching the power and the blood of Jesus Christ because you love people and want to see them come to a saving knowledge of the truth of the gospel.

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